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Don't forget to search the JL Ilsley Library website for books available in our Library!

Library Guide – Halifax Public Library Resources

In addition to resources from the JL Ilsley High School Library website, Halifax Public Libraries offer access to a variety of digital resources.

Halifax Public Libraries websites                           

Digital Library Card  FREE!!!

Click above to learn how to get your free library card.

Library Catalog
Search for e-books and audiobooks that can be downloaded with your free Digital Library Card.
  Libby is an app that is used to manage e-books and audiobooks.
-          Search for books available for loan
-          Borrow and place holds on e-books and audiobooks.
-          Read e-books or listen to audiobooks.
App is free and connects to your free Digital Library Card

Students will need a Halifax Public Library Card to access some of these databases.

-          Canadian Encyclopedia
-          Free access
-          Canadian content
-          Curriculum resources
-          World Book
-          French and English content
-          Articles, images and videos
-          Current events, biographies, etc
-          Log-in with your free Digital Library Card and click on Student from the main search screen.
-          Gale General Reference Centre
-          Current events and news

-    ProQuest

-     Health and Wellness Resource Centre
Teens Section
Provides access to resources intended for a teen audience.

Monday - Friday
9:05 am  - 3:20 pm
Reading Lists

Library Guide – Reading Lists


Welcome to our Reading Corner!


Book Lists
Looking for another great read? Check out these book lists!

African Heritage Month Resources - Halifax Public Libraries
2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Canada Reads
Time Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Books

Scotiabank Giller Prize List

New York Times Bestsellers List

Reading Suggestions

Check out these great reads!

Northwest Resistance

Katherena Vermette
Call Number: GN HIST FIC VER

Book review courtesy of

The third graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series, Northwest Resistance follows Echo Desjardins and her travels through time. Going back to 1884, Echo finds herself in the thick of a new Métis resistance led by leader Louis Riel, who has returned from exile to resist encroaching forces from the East and to ensure his people’s rights are honoured. For Echo, the experience is empowering, focusing her own identity and giving her the strength to confront the challenges in her life.

Our lives matter: the Ballou story project

Call Number: 305.235 OUR

Book review courtesy of

Through the course of a historic year of civil unrest and the emergence of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, thirty teen writers from Frank W. Ballou High School in Washington, DC came together to take part in this national conversation about race, inequality, violence, and justice. Through their powerful, personal stories these writers intend to Change the Narrative about youth of color. We are not thugs, they say. We are not victims. We are big sisters and sports stars, academic strivers and everyday heroes. We speak out for justice. We dream big dreams. These writers want more for themselves, more for their community, more for their generation. And they are challenging their readers to listen, and to recognize in each story a common humanity worthy of dignity, support, and respect. This riot of voices must be heard.

Accessing Your Library Account

Library Guide - Accessing Your Library Account

Students can access their library account from the library website to place holds or renew books.

Email Mrs. Smith at if you have any questions or require assistance.

-         Click on Login. The Login button is the last tab on the blue main menu.
-         Enter your provincial school ID number from your school ID in the username field.
-         Your first name is the password (lower case letters).


Check out the sites below for free access to e-books.

Tumblebook Library

Sora - login to your GNSPES account prior to clicking on the Sora link

Suggest new book titles for the HRCE SORA App!  Click here  to make the suggestion.

WOW Reading Challenge Results
WOW Reading Challenge
April 12, 2021

Congratulations to the staff and students for reading...

1,336,767 pages during the reading challenge.

The Adopt-a-Library-Program will be announcing winners later this month. 
Stay tuned to see if JL Ilsley will be High School Division Champions once again!

Book Recommendations
Book Recommendations

Please use this form to submit a suggested book title for purchase by the JL Ilsley Library.

GoodReads Teens
Nova Scotia's Drivers Handbook